Previously, we shared five remarkable stage designs from TEDx events worldwide. This week, we bring five more. Below, the stories of five great TEDx stage designs:
Every year, TEDxBozeman and their set designer Ryan Walters work with local architecture students to develop conceptual designs for their stage. This year, Walters and his team took on a challenge: to create a set that could work for both TEDxBozeman and, later, the city of Bozeman.
“While previous stage environments have been successful for the event, they ended up in storage or being throw out afterwards,” Walters says. He and the team wanted this to change — to create something that could continue to serve the community after the big day. This challenge allowed students to take on a real world architecture project, Walters says, and to understand all the elements that go into creating a multipurpose structure.
The result was a beautiful stage that can now serve as public pavilion, says Walters, complete with “built-in seating, tables, and an informative board about the local sculpture park.” He is working with city officials, community members, and a group of students to install the structure in the city as a permanent fixture.
For their 2014 event, the team at TEDxCoconutGrove chose the theme “Connections.” To represent the theme, the team created a giant model of a molecule because as team member Andi Russan put it: “These essential building blocks of everything in the universe, so many of which are common to us all, seemed a perfect visual to reflect our connections on the most basic level.”
The team created the giant molecule out of plastic spheres and PVC pipes. “The spheres were suspended from the batten pipes over the stage with monofilament,” says Russan. “The heights and placements were determined from rough sketches and molecule models borrowed from a science department.” Once the molecule was set in place, the team used LED lights to project different colors on the molecules as the day progressed.
How to create a stage design that is low cost, easy to install, and easy to break down? To answer this question, the team at TEDxCardiff turned to stage design student Helen Foot, who created a stage set made entirely of cardboard. Foot wanted to design a stage that looked contemporary and complemented the TEDx logo; to do so, she installed a collection of hexagons, some with TED red insides, “that could be flat packed and put together in one morning,” she says. Watch a video of the stage construction here>>
When setting out to design their stage for their TEDx event, the design team at TEDxOregonStateU was faced with the preconceptions that come with some university auditoriums — boring curtains, bland lectures, drab lighting. “Many of our target audience members have attended events in our venue,” says organizer Dale McCauley. “We [wanted] to transform the venue into an environment which was to be unlike its usual and typical appearance.”
The event team worked with a local design agency to expand the stage, change the lighting, and add pizzazz — giant hanging installations of gathered cloth. “The laser-cloth, along with the stage curtain and side walls, was up-lit with multi-colored LED lights,” McCauley says. “The combination of the LED lighting and fog allowed us to change the atmosphere for each speaker, combining different color schemes to create unique environments.”
TEDxRiodelaPlataED’s stage design grew from teenagers in Argentina answering the question: “What is education for you?” The team at The Noun Project — an effort create a visual language through symbols — gave teenagers a visual “alphabet” to use to answer the question, and then used these answers as inspiration to create the giant icons on the TEDxRiodelaPlataED stage as well as other materials at the event. Read more about the design process at The Noun Project’s blog here.
Look out for more great TEDx stages soon!